Why is every job that I find for Software Engineering listed as "entry level" not actually entry level?

 I'm currently browsing jobs on Glassdoor, Indeed, and LinkedIn. So far the average "entry-level" position has roughly the following requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree

  • 2 years experience in the industry.

  • 1-year experience specifically building applications

  • 1-2 years of experience with a software programming language such as Java, C, C++, Python, etc.

  • 1-2 year of experience with database structure and be familiar with languages such as SQL, MySQL, Mongo, etc.

  • 1-2 years experience with web application technologies including HTML, CSS, or JavaScript

Give or take swapping out some requirements, this is about the average I'm seeing on almost all posts. How on earth do employers expect people to have this broad of a knowledge base and list the job as "entry-level"? To my understanding, this would be a requirement for a full-stack developer at a minimum, which is not an entry-level position.

I'm scratching my head over here wondering where to even start if you are brand new to the industry trying to learn what you can just to get your first job.


You know when you were a little kid circling the Toys R Us catalog because it all sounded good to you? Then come Christmas or birthday and you got one thing you circled and you were insanely pleased?

This never went away, the medium just changed. Job requirements are wishlists, if it looks interesting or if you have one or two checks, apply. Let them filter you out.

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